Ansible basics

I always create a folder for new tasks, so installing Nginx

Ansible | |-----Nginx |        |---hosts |        |---nginx.yaml


Change the directory to the task at hand, so here it's installing Nginx

Create a file called ansible.cfg and place the below in the file. Subsitute out the hosts for the names, and the server addresses for either their hostname, should you have dns set up, or their IP if you do not.

hostfile = hosts

Next we will create the hosts file, this is what ansible will reference later when we ask it to point to either a server, or a set of servers



[production:servers] #we can call a group by using this

Ansible is a bitch and only uses ssh with keys. follow this guide here on how to move your key to the server you want to work on

to ping a server and check that asnible can see it: ansible <host> -m ping 

Creating the ansible job is fun. Here we will install nginx

Because it's yaml, use double space

- hosts: nginx
  sudo: yes
    - name: install nginx
      apt: name=nginx update_cache=yes state=latest

Running an ansible job

ansible-playbook <host group> <task>.yaml <--ask-sudo-pass>

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